What does one do during those awkward weeks between football season and baseball season? Well, Unfiltered Adventure got into the swing of things at the Boulevard Royals Rally! The event was held to celebrate the countdown to opening day and 50 seasons of Royals baseball. You may remember that Boulevard is one of our favorite places in Kansas City as seen here, here, here, and here. Fair to say we really like Boulevard! The event featured ballpark themed food and games, a sneak peaks of future beer releases and Royals alumni and current players. There was a raffle benefiting Royals Charities and when Joel Goldberg couldn't pronounce the name of the winner, I figured I had won the Boulevard Tailgate grand prize! Unfortunately, it wasn't me.
We drank a few beers and made our way around the Beer Hall only to find a really long line that people were anxiously standing in. What could this be for? I had heard that Royals alumni were going to be there but didn't expect one of them to get a line like that (unless it was George Brett!). So, we walked up for a sneak peak and low and behold, there stood Alex Gordon! We went back and got in line and frantically searched our purses for Royals koozies to get signed. All we found were Chiefs and a 'Merica one. We waited our turn an were able to get a picture with him. He was genuinely nice and took the time to say hello to each of us. I think we nailed our picture! After our photo session, we found out Boulevard was giving away koozies if you completed some fun tasks and entered the raffle. So, we got our new koozies and headed back to Alex's line. Success - signed koozies that will get lots of use. Thanks Alex!
On Friday, Stephanie and I headed down I-35 to the great state of Oklahoma! Or Okra-homa if you will. Krystal is turning the big 4-0 this week and wanted to celebrate her birthday in style! We stayed between Bricktown and the Chesapeake Energy Arena at a nice Marriott. Half the crew was able to head down Friday afternoon and by time Stephanie and I got there, the group was ready for a low key night in. We had some wine, ate some amazing champagne cupcakes courtesy of Michelle, made some plans for the next day and went to bed happy and ready for a full Saturday of celebrating. Unfortunately, I didn't wake up happy...I woke up with a wet, red stained t-shirt. Thanks Steph! Thankfully Rebecca, our awesome housekeeper, had a sense of humor and wrote Stephanie a reply note saying she took care of her pesky wine situation! Thanks Rebecca - you're the best!
Saturday began with an attempt to have brunch at Hatch with Krystal's parents. After waiting out an hour and a half of our 2 1/2 hour wait time, we bailed and went to brunch at Broadway 10, which was right next door. Heather, Steph, and I may have tested their Bloody Mary's while we were waiting for that Hatch reso. Anytime your Bloody Mary comes with a glass full of bacon - you know you're in the right place! Their food was great but unfortunately I cannot pull up the brunch menu to share our exact meals...just know that for your sides you will want the Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes, Creamy Bacon Mac & Cheese, and the Roasted Californian Brussels Sprouts - to die for.
After we thanked Krystal's parents for their hospitality, we walked towards the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. The 1995 bombing was one of the first major attacks I can remember, so it was humbling to see the sight and read the stories. If you get a chance to visit, please do so as I won't be able to do it justice with my words. Here are a few pictures we took:
After the museum, we headed to Oak & Ore in the plaza district for some craft beer tasting. It was their anniversary party and the place was packed. We managed to get a table and spent the afternoon trying new beers (yes please to the Iron Monk Ginger Wheat!), playing Never Have I Ever, and laughing our faces off. This place had over 36 beers on tap and each one that I tried was pretty darn good. If this establishment was in Kansas City, we would definitely return over and over again.
After several rounds of craft beers, it was time for dinner again! We headed to Hudson's Public House in Bricktown and washed our beers down with some delicious burgers. A 2 hole 6 over par game of Golden Tee ensued and that's when we knew we needed to get out of that place. Off to Whiskey Chicks for some dancing and crazy games of Jenga. I almost peed my pants here as Stephanie's dance performance was unlike anything I have ever seen.
Finally, as I thought we were headed back to the hotel, Krystal managed to get us into the VIP section of Club One15 all while we sported our sweaters, t-shirts, and yoga pants. One look at this website and you will understand that when in a situation like this...you just have to party!
I will say that we did finally make it back to Hatch on Sunday. We learned you could put your name in line using the Nowait app. We put our name in as soon as we woke up and 2 hours later the 67 tables in front of us had finally been sat! Hooray for Hatch!
We had a fabulous time in Oklahoma City celebrating Krystal! Here are a few random pictures of the weekend. Hope you all have an adventurous weekend planned and we'll see you again next Friday!